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Antarctic Ozone Bulletin issued

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03/09/2015

WMO has published the first issue in the 2015 series of the Antarctic Ozone Bulletin, with information on the state of the ozone layer in Antarctica and surrounding areas. Measurements with ground-based instruments and with balloon sondes from some stations in the Global Atmosphere Watch network show first signs of ozone depletion, according to the bulletin. Satellite observations show that ...

Fired regulator: Brown pushed to waive oil safeguards

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04/09/2015

California's top oil and gas regulators repeatedly warned Gov. Jerry Brown's senior aides in 2011 that the governor's orders to override key safeguards in granting oil industry permits would violate state and federal laws protecting the state's groundwater from contamination, one of the former officials has testified. Brown fired the regulators on Nov. 3, 2011, one day after what the fired ...

Greener cities are cooler cities – Urban density helps save the environment

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03/09/2015

For the first time in human history, more than half the world now lives in cities. Later this century, the proportion could rise to two-thirds. Even without global warming because of a build-up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, itself the consequence of fossil fuel combustion, the cities are feeling the heat. That is because dark materials and hard surfaces – tarmacadam, brick, cement, ...

EHS Data Where you Need it, When You Need It

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03/09/2015

Many factors contribute to a safe work environment. An internet connection shouldn’t be one of them. As much as we rely on being online for access to information, the reality is that many industries and job sites simply don’t have the luxury of reliable online connectivity. When it comes to a safety program, remote mining facilities, in-transit flights and many other facilities that ...

New CEO for National Physical Laboratory

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04/09/2015

Announcing Dr Thompson's appointment on 18 June 2015, Dr David Grant, NPLML Chair, said: "On behalf of NPL's Board, I am delighted to welcome Dr Thompson as our new Chief Executive Officer. Dr Thompson brings considerable experience and achievements in leadership roles of strategically important science and technology laboratories. Additionally, his leadership of national and ...

NASA Soil Moisture Radar Ends Operations, Mission Science Continues

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03/09/2015

Mission managers for NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory have determined that its radar, one of the satellite's two science instruments, can no longer return data. However, the mission, which was launched in January to map global soil moisture and detect whether soils are frozen or thawed, continues to produce high-quality science measurements supporting SMAP's objectives with ...

Persuading the public to reduce bottled water consumption

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04/09/2015

Despite tap water being freely available and safe in many countries, bottled water is widely consumed around the world. This has negative effects on the environment, including water wastage and pollution. This study assessed beliefs about purchasing bottled water and tested three strategies to change behaviour, showing that combining persuasive information and social pressure can create the most ...

Thousands of gallons of oil spilled in Mississippi River

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04/09/2015

Part of the Mississippi River was closed as crews investigated an oil spill caused by the collision of two tow boats, the U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday. The collision Wednesday evening near Columbus, Kentucky, damaged at least one barge carrying clarified slurry oil. The cargo tank was ruptured, causing thousands of gallons of oil to spill into the river, the Coast Guard said. ...

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